Undergraduate Studies

Undergraduate Studies

In light of the current situation around the world, and in order to ensure the best possible conditions for students and staff to remain safe and healthy, RYI will offer all of its Fall Semester 2021 and Spring Semester 2022 classes online.

The Fall Semester runs from August 23 – December 17, 2021.

No classes for reading week from October 11 to October 15, 2021.

Applications closing July 31.


Undergraduate studies are for those who have completed higher secondary school (10+2) but have not earned a bachelor’s degree, or for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree program in a different discipline and now want to join a program of Buddhist Studies.

Undergraduate students may enroll in the full four-year BA program or alternatively, study as visiting students or non-degree students.

Please note that the entry requirement of a higher secondary school diploma may, in exceptional circumstances, be waived for applicants seeking to enroll as non-degree students, but that such students will not be eligible to receive study visas.

For Undergraduate course list and schedule for Fall 2021, please check the right hand side of this page (at the end of the page if you are on a mobile device) under the section “Undergraduate Courses For Fall 2021”.

Bachelor of Arts

The Centre for Buddhist Studies offers a four-year program in Buddhist Studies with Himalayan Language leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA). The courses in the BA program fall within two main areas of study: Buddhist Philosophy, History, and Culture, and Himalayan Language. Read more…

Study Abroad

Study Abroad participate fully in campus life and have opportunities to explore the local community around Boudhanath and the larger Kathmandu Valley. Study abroad is a doorway to new cultures, languages, and ways of thought and we invite you to join us here in Boudha at this nexus of Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhist culture. Read more…

Cultivating Patience – Chapter Six of The Way of the Bodhisattva

In The Sixth Chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicaryāvatāra), Śāntideva details the crucial importance of the Perfection of Patience in relation to the bodhisattva path of the Mahāyāna, or the Great Vehicle. This online course assumes no prior knowledge of Buddhist philosophy, history, or practice. Taught over 33 sessions, this short course is designed to be viewed daily over the course of a month, or at the student’s leisure in the self-study format. Read more…

Certificate Course

The Centre for Buddhist Studies now offers a Certificate Course in Buddhist Studies for students who want to devote one or two semesters to learning more about the Buddhist tradition as it is studied in Tibetan monasteries and in universities, along with the possibility of studying the Tibetan, Sanskrit, or Nepali languages. For Fall Semester 2021 RYI will offer a selection of non-for-credit courses online. More information available here. 

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